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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 11 March, 2003, 15:00 GMT
Flower to stand down
Andy Flower
Flower is Zimbabwe's leading Test run-scorer
Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower has confirmed he will retire from international cricket as soon as his team's World Cup campaign comes to an end.

The 34-year-old was widely expected to stand down from the national side in favour of domestic cricket in England and Australia.

He will return for a second season with county side Essex in April and his British wife and three children have already left for England.

And he is understood to have agreed a deal to spend the next southern summer with state side South Australia.

Flower has been a controversial figure in his fourth World Cup, and was reportedly dropped from the side before the group match against Australia before a player revolt forced his return.

I have no regrets about what I have done at this tournament
Andy Flower
He and Henry Olonga wore black armbands during Zimbabwe's opening match of the tournament, protesting the "death of democracy in our beloved Zimbabwe".

"I have no regrets about what I have done at this tournament," he insisted.

"The only thing I regret is getting run out when I had made 37 in the last match against New Zealand."

The resulting six wicket defeat means Wednesday's Super Six clash with Kenya has become a must-win situation if Zimbabwe are to have any hope of reaching the semi-finals.

The left-hander is Zimbabwe's leading run-scorer with 4794 in 63 Tests.

Only four men currently playing Test cricket - Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden of Australia and India's Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid - average more than his 51.54.

He is the third leading Zimbabwe player to retire early from international cricket to concentrate on the domestic game abroad.

Batsmen Murray Goodwin and Neil Johnson both quit after Zimbabwe's tour of England in 2000, following a row over pay.

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